7 Ages Caesar Racer

Harley-Davidson FXD custom
Ian Solley of British custom shop 7 Ages just can’t leave his Harley-Davidson FXD alone. This is the third incarnation of his ’99 Dyna Super Glide, and his most radical customization yet. The frame is a hand-made item, powdercoated in Dupont RAL Signal Orange, and fitted with completely custom bodywork painted by Image Design. Ian has also fitted whopping 23” wheels, which are kept in check by Harrison Billet brakes and a six-pot caliper at the front. Stainless steel is everywhere: the pipes, swingarm, battery cover, bars, peg supports and gearshift are all in stainless. The sporty look is a departure from 7 Ages’ previous retro-tinged customs, but the next 7 Ages bike will be even more unusual. That one’s going to be based on a BMW R80, inspired by Mark van der Kwaak’s DBBP BMW bobber (popularly known as the ‘CAD bike’). There’s more about the Caesar Racer on the 7 Ages blog; or head over to photographer David Bartholomew’s site for the full portfolio of images.

Harley-Davidson FXD custom
Harley-Davidson FXD custom
Harley-Davidson FXD

  • joe momma

    ….amazin’….nobody sez chit abooot this one…..????

  • Laurent

    I like the seat and the exhaust, but I really feel this bike could have been done by the Teutel family… and that s not really a good point!

  • Sean Hamilton

    Nothing works here. Uncomfortable riding position, comparatively bad handling, terrible proportions, and “just for the hell of it” bodywork and paint.
    Thumbs down, but it is, of course, my opinion.

  • mingh

    if ther’s a strawberry award for hideous motorbikes, this one would win this years hands down. Probably next years as well. Too bad for the time spent.

  • Kikx

    I like it… would choose some different colours, but the rear wheel and tail section are nice.

  • el vencejo

    23″ skinny front tyre on the back…. how much grip under acceleration?
    23″ front tyre…. how slow is the steering?

    A show bike, not to be used on the road!

  • http://knsweb.net kumo

    It’s a sort of beaty-ugly bike. I can’t decide if I like it or I hate it.

    Maybe it’s too shinny. With some black parts would be nicer

  • Harry Farquhar

    An early Christmas present for The Motor Co haters. Anyone that thinks they can look at this bike and make intelligent comments about the handling is fooling themselves. To imply this could have been built by OCC or their ilk is rediculous. If you don’t like the bike that’s fine but it’s no better or worse then most other customs featured on B-EXIF.

  • TeeBee

    I don’t give a damn if it doesn’t handle or stop to the nth degree – I would ride this all over the place and have a hellava time doing so.

  • http://www.mulemotorcycles.net Mule

    Let the games begin!

    Looks like the Circus has come to town. Oh yea!

  • ki

    Looks nice but it is still a heavy piece of machinery, I wonder how it behaves in the twisties.

  • http://metalmoco.com micah

    I don’t care for show bikes. This bike is clearly out of context with the rest of the bikes featured here.

  • http://metalmoco.com micah

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the golden rule of customization: Do not, ever, ever, under ANY circumstances, paint motorcycle parts white!

  • GB400TT

    These comments are funny! Aren’t bobbers-or any bike for that matter-art pieces? Anyway, this bob is fun. I like the idea of the stainless steel with white. It kind of reminds me of a track/fixie bicycle!? Those pipes look great. Who cares if this would get dirty fast and be louder than a firetruck! Lol

  • mack-o-matik

    I’ve seen uglier bikes before – not many though. I like the idea of a photoshoot in the woods, but hey please – barbwires in the background?!? The spots could be chosen with more attention. The style of the pics is hurting my eyes – too bright subjects, flashy spots – on many of the pics the bike and rider just seem to have landed there by accident. My opinion: bike’s uninspiring, photographer’s uninspired.

  • evilgiles

    It’s not this! It should be that! Bet it can’t do this! Why those colors? Other bike are like etc…

    I don’t want the comments disabled… But I would like to disable some of the people making the comments…

    Any bike on this site is worth a look in my opinion. And until I can build better I will continue to look on in awe at the skill and dedication it takes to build all the bikes on this site.

    Maybe I can get one of these with an old rusty green honda tank? That would really get up peoples noses now wouldn’t it?

  • el vencejo

    @ evilgiles… the only thing that gets up my nose is bikes that don’t work.

    “The motorcycle as a work of art” only does it for me if the thing is rideable at speed!
    Anything else is a waste of time and good metal.

  • achrters

    handling bah!
    Who ever said a customs does or should handle?
    They are rolling art.
    This this is beautiful nicely thought out and an interesting smash between a cafe and a board tracker…
    nice job.

    And really if Sjaak Lucassen can ride an R1 around the world how can we cirticize what handles where and when?

    Two wheels – all good.

  • Mule

    @ki, “I wonder how it behaves in the twisties?”

    I think I can answer that question for you fairly accurately in the true spirit of education.

    It won’t at all. When you say “Twisties”, generally that indicates a basic desire to do more than go in a straight line profiling down mainstreet. A quick glance by someone who has knowlege of Twisties reveals several glaring clues. The first would be the lack of ground clearance which would disappear when the bike was leaned over under cornering loads. That’s quickly followed by a very long wheelbase and kicked out steering head angle, wide set forward controls(scraping and dragging on the ground), stock chrome Harley spring holders (known as shocks) super low seat, reverse angle on the swingarm which under acceleration makes the rear end of the bike squat further reducing what little ground clearance there was, the bike’s high weight for the minimally adequate stock suspension components and lastly someone previously mentioned the too tall, skinny tires which most likely were chosen for a “Look”, not grip or handling.

    All that adds up to one answer. Not very good I’d say. Another factor which seems to be huge with a lot of commentors here is that perhaps the bike looks “Cool”. There is a value there to cool seekers. However, when riding in the “Twisties” on a Circus bike with hideous handling commonly called “worst case scenario” or WCS, the fact that a rider thinks he’s “Cool”, quickly slides in the abyss of “Un-coolness” and at the resturant or gathering point at ride’s end becomes the subject of “ridi-cule”. Best this bike stays close to the rest of the herd at the donut shop where it belongs and nowhere near the Twisties.

    I hope this answers your question.

  • el vencejo

    Hi Mule, nicely said.

  • http://www.7agescustommotorcycles.blogspot.com Ian Solley

    As the builder I think maybe I should put a few things straight – first of all it is a custom and as such it was designed for a look – and each is entitled to their own view on that – when I first showed it to Chris, I always thought it would have mixed views.
    However, I suspect that not one of these commentators has ridden a bike with matching 23″ wheels, this is the third one I have built and ridden. The wheels are fitted with Avon Venom uni-directional tyres, providing superb grip, which added to a ground clearance some 2″ higher than a stock FXD means that handling and agility is way superior to the stock bike it was before – I did 20,000 miles on that bike and I should know. As to the future well I have done about 500 miles on this in the last few weeks, in the English Autumn on twisty country roads and plan to do a good few thousand more next year – so again its not all show and no go.
    Keep riding guys, and I look forwards to seeing your bikes in the future.
    Peace

    IAN

  • Mule

    Ian, I can appreciate all the effort that goes into any build. No argument there and I was wrong perhaps on the tire grip. But my answer was to a serious question.

    I’m sure the bike could be ridden for 40-60k miles and a person who likes this type of ride would find it most enjoyable. Plus, if this is your bike built by you, for you, than only one person’s opinion counts. Thats yours! That fact that it runs, and does it reliably (I assume), and you’re out riding the bike for lots of miles separates your bikes from hundreds of other builds right there! Those are good things.

    But I think I’ll stand by everything else I said. This wasn’t meant to pick your bike apart and I’d also say that this site seems to becoming divided into two distinct groups. The “Lookers” and the “Functions”. Kind of a present day “Mods and Rockers”. When a bike like the Hyde Harrier appears, the “Lookers” are speechless because they don’t understand what they’re even supposed to notice.

    I prescribe to the Harry Miller (race car builder from the 20′s) school of thought. That would be, make it light, make it innovative, competitive, aerodynamic and it for damn sure better look good doing it. That’s a tall order, but we all have to have dreams and goals.

  • KIK

    @ MULE Thank You Sir , growing up and riding motorcycles in new york was a very dangerous yet fun endeavor,.having ridden a few different motorcycles I understood how important handling and comfort become .but also geometry and workmanship,(ever had a weld break at speed? i have…ouch) now im living in Puerto Rico where the straightest piece of road is where airplanes land.and the roads look like the surface of the moon, we are 75% mountains here so my first thought is handling,comfort second, when ever i see i bike here i look for function over form. and use many as inspiration ,so again thanxs, and to all,forgive my opinions if you dont agree with them but they are just that opinions.

  • http://www.7agescustommotorcycles.blogspot.com ian Solley

    Cheers Mule – obviously its not your type of bike and that’s cool – but I should have maybe clarified further on your earlier post, or indeed the earlier question – “I wonder how it behaves on twisties”?
    The answer is of course you don’t know as you have never ridden it, and having conceded the tyres might be OK, you may also like to know:
    Rake is stock.
    Controls are in the standard mid-position, not forwards as you said, and they don’t scrape.
    The stock Harley shocks are actually pretty good – I originally tried Hagons and they were too harsh for the ride.
    The seat height is higher than the stock bike, and gives good comfort and control.
    The rear swingarm is a bit longer to accomodate the wheel, and overall wheelbase is about 2″ or so longer – but thats OK, it works.
    The engine has been worked on with performance pistons and cams – its very responsive, for coming out those bends.
    I have ridden twisties all over the world on all sorts of bikes and I can assure you it handles. I disagree that bikes can be lookers and not functional I see no point in having a bike I cannot ride.
    I am glad you have a dream and goal to build a Harry Miller inspired bike – now stop talking and go and do it.

  • Mule

    “Now stop talking and go do it.”

    Huh? Been there for the past 30+ years

  • http://www.7agescustommotorcycles.blogspot.com ian Solley

    LOL nice one – lets have a race :-)

  • KIK

    “lets have a race”…how good friendships get started !!

  • Tin Man

    Nice bike , the world is a big place and there is room for all. The Board track styling is a nice change, and long overdue. I for one am tired of choppers and stink bug stance sport bikes, this bike would be a treat to own and ride.

  • http://www.meandmymustang.com Zyon

    My bobber has to sit at least an inch lower and has forward controls. Stock stretch, 30 degree rake, 16 inch rear, 21 inch front and I’ve never had a problem with the curves. I also live in Pa, known for bad twisty roads. I might not keep up with the street bikes but I ride the hell out of my ridged and feel it is highly functional. I love the looks of this bike and if it were a hard tail, I’d be all over it!

  • bryguy9

    @mr Solley:

    This bike does it for me. I love the paint scheme. I especially love the white wheels and pipes.

    I have ridden Avon Venom’s and they are indeed very sticky tires. I would love to see what this bike does on the twisty shorelines near me.

    I can’t believe someone complained about barbed wire in the background. Seriously?

    @Chris (bikeexif): Great Job as usual. Keep up the good work. Bike Exif for the win.

  • Trav

    Out of curiosity, is “Mule” affiliated with Mule Motorcycles?

  • evilgiles

    ‘As a builder, the only way to see if something will work is to try it. That’s how you learn. Enjoy the pictures!’

    Found this quote on the Mule motorcycle site… I think there’s something in it for all of us…

  • David Enfield

    Just great , everything a custom bike should be . Street legal , rideable , provocative , like no other , looks ‘right’ and makes me want it . Good job Ian .

  • Mule

    Trav, Yes.

  • http://www.daite.fi Helena Königsbäck

    I will not comment anything else but the looks because that´s the only thing I have some sort of educational competens ….though I ride myself, too.
    Young people do not ride harleys, not at least here where I live.
    This looks, this design could be attarctive to people who are not the most typical riders. Nothing for “fundamentalist harley religious people” but for those who in general think Harleys are for oldies.

    (Excuse my bad english, it´s not my native language)

  • KIK

    i agree with Elena, this bike would be way more attractive to the youngens than that “scrambler” harley is looking into…